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Grey, Orange on Maroon, No. 8

Grey, Orange on Maroon, No. 8

Mark Rothko (in 1960)

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  • Alla asked

    Is this correct that Rothko's color field paintings are supposed to confer the feelings of primary emotions? Is the color choice based on any pre-existing color theories, or did Rothko have his own interpretations? Can his approach be considered similar to Albers'? Thank you!

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Dear Alla,

    Rothko famously said, "A painting is not a picture of an experience, it is an experience." You could therefore certainly state that he was interested in emotions and the expression of them. I have read some comparisons between Albers and Rothko, but there are equally a lot of differences as well. The comparisons deal with the shapes and use of colour, but the experience of both of them (when making them so it seems and equally when viewing them) is very different.


  • Sanne Bakker asked

    Waar is dit schilderij geschilderd?

  • Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered

    Beste Sanne,

    Aangezien Mark Rothko in 1960 (het jaar wanneer dit schilderij is gemaakt) in New York woonde en het museum dit werk in 1970 van een New Yorkse galerie gekocht heeft, is het hoogstwaarschijnlijk dat dit werk in New York is geschilderd.



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In so called Colour Field Painting, colour expresses nothing but itself and the artist's signature in the form of the brush stroke is avoided. The diffuse contours of Rothko's planes of colour make them appear to float and glow. There are only two Rothko's part of Dutch collections.

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Title Grey, Orange on Maroon, No. 8
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type
Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 229 cm
Width 258,5 cm
Depth 4,7 cm
Artists Artist: Mark Rothko
Accession number 2764 (MK)
Credits Purchased 1970
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1970
Creation date in 1960
Entitled parties © 1998 Mark Rothko, c/o Pictoright Amsterdam 2020
Internal exhibitions Een prikkelcollectie (2000)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Lievelingen XL (2024)
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - Rothko & ik (2019)
Geographical origin The United States of America > North America > America

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Mark Rothko

Dvinsk 1903 - New York 1970

Mark Rothko was born in Russia, but as a child emigrated to America in 1913. Rothko briefly followed a number of art courses, but as artist was largely...

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